THE TELLING. New York, San Diego, London: Harcourt, Inc., . Octavo, boards. First edition. "Anthropological science fiction in her Hainish cycle. There are two dystopias, one religious and one scientific and anti-religious. The latter is trying to suppress the traditional culture on its planet, which is centered around the Telling, an extremely complex set of stories that provide a guide to most aspects of life on the planet. This culture is a flawed or ambiguous utopia because the attempts to suppress it meant that it could not incorporate new knowledge and because in the past one part of the planet had used it for power rather than enlightenment." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-644. Hartwell, 200 Significant SF Books by Women, 1984-2001. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#160077).
"First edition / JIHGFEDCBA" on copyright page.